At the head of the Three Valleys, sitting at 2300m altitude, Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe, and is therefore well known for its excellent snow record and extended ski season, opening each year in late November and closing at the beginning of May.
It is a vast playground for skiers and boarders alike, offering some 300km of groomed pistes (including the Belleville valley), as well as a 70,000m2 snow park for freestyle enthusiasts. For the more adventurous, there are also several off-piste itineraries taking in the glacier zones of the Vanoise national park (guide necessary). That’s not to mention the views, in particular from the Cime de Caron, which offers a 360 degree panoramic view of over 100 mountaintops, across the French, Swiss and Italian Alps – “the most beautiful view in the Alps” according to the Michelin Green Guide!
Originally built in the 70’s, the resort’s accommodation standards have improved dramatically in recent years, with some of the original Hotels undergoing major renovation, and the addition of several new ‘concept’ Hotels offering contemporary 5* luxury. And by its very nature, the entire resort is ski in/ski out, which is a huge draw.
With regards to après-ski and nightlife, look no further….the Val Thorens version of La Folie Douce was the first to hit the Three Valleys, and if you add the 360 Bar, the Danish Café Snesko, the Saloon Bar and Brit favourite The Frog and Roastbeef, the social scene is pretty much covered (it’s no accident that many student ski clubs choose the resort for their annual ski trip!). However if you prefer a more civilised après, there are some very smart Hotel bars, including the SkiBar in the Hotel Altapura.
And for those looking for relaxation or indeed activity, the huge Centre Sportif has everything you could wish for, with Spa (Jacuzzi, Hammam, Sauna and various treatments available), two pools, Gym, squash and badminton courts, plus children’s funpark. And of course all of our featured Hotels have Spa facilities.
We would thoroughly recommend Val Thorens as a snowsure option (particularly for late season bookings), and for keen skiers and boarders looking for a good variety of terrain, and a relaxed and informal resort.